ISBN 9789970700257
ePub ISBN 9789970700264
Pages 238
Dimensions 203 x 133 mm
Published 2012
Publisher Femrite Publications, Uganda
Formats Paperback, eBook

Summoning the Rains

Third FEMRITE Regional Residency for African Women Writers

edited by Hilda Twongyeirwe, Ellen Banda-Aaku

One of the greatest challenges faced by African women writers is finding the time and the space to write. In November 2011 the third FEMRITE African Women Writers Residency alleviated this challenge for 15 women writers from 11 different countries across the continent. The writers from Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Tunisia, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Cameroon, and Botswana gathered in Kampala, Uganda for two weeks. This anthology is the product of the writing developed before and during the residency. The short stories included are told from different perspectives, with varied voices, some experienced, others less so, but all told with freshness and honesty.

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"... This is deft, witty stylish anthology by an exciting new generation of women from all over Africa, writing about rapid change and the unchanging:..."

Maggie Gee, Author of "The White Family"

"...This collection proves that the continent's literary legacy is in good hands."

Lauri Kubuitsile, Author

"This is a rich tapestry of stories that transport you into worlds that are at once fantastic and real..."

Julius Ocwinyo, Author

"Summoning the Rains and the FEMRITE Residency which produced it are valuable contributions to the fight to win for African women the freedom, space and peace to develop their voices more fully, to practice and hone their craft, gaining the confidence to take their writing further and deeper."

About the Editors

Hilda Twongyeirwe

Twongyeirwe Hilda is an editor and has also published creative and non-fiction works in different anthologies and Journals. She is currently the Executive Director of FEMRITE - Uganda Women Writers Association. She is a recipient of 2018 National Medal and 2018 Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) Award, both for her contribution to Uganda's Literary Heritage and Women Emancipation. She is a member of The Graca Machel Trust Women in Media Network, Action for Development and FEMRITE.

Ellen Banda-Aaku

Ellen Banda-Aaku has published seven books for children and one novel. Her first book Wandi’s Little Voice won the MacMillan Writers Prize for Africa in 2004. Patchwork, published in 2011 won the Penguin Prize for African Writing. Suzi’s Box was the overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Competition in 2007.

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